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Thoughtlines brings you the best academic thinking outside the box from CRASSH at the University of Cambridge. The podcast is presented by Catherine Galloway and produced by Carl Homer at Cambridge TV.
The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Cambridge.
Founded in 2001, CRASSH came into being as a way to create interdisciplinary dialogue across the University’s many faculties and departments in the arts, social sciences and humanities, as well as to build bridges with scientific subjects. It has now grown into one of the largest humanities institutes in the world and is a major presence in academic life in the UK. It serves at once to draw together disciplinary perspectives in Cambridge and to disseminate new ideas to audiences across Europe and beyond.
5 Episodes
In this episode we talk wisdom, forgetting, and what we all have in common, with Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya, the Founding Director of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at CRASSH. What do the things we share, across all human history, tell us about who we really are? What are we missing? Why does the way we farm our planet need a re-think? And what on earth does the humble potato have to do with it all? (This episode was recorded remotely, during Covid-19 lockdown restrictions) Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya is Principal Research Associate and Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project ARTEFACT ( as of March 2018, and founding director of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies or gloknos (, since September 2017. Inanna answers questions about the project here: She is the founding editor of the book series Global Epistemics ( at Rowman & Littlefield International.
In this episode we talk to archaeologist Professor Martin Millett about the ground-breaking changes in how we search, and respond to, the landscape of the past. We hear what happens when sound artists and radar technicians start really listening to the earth beneath our feet. What it means – on both sides - to be part of an Empire. And why nothing really beats the academic excitement of getting your hands dirty. For more on Professor Millett's radar discoveries in Falerii Novi in Italy, mentioned in this episode, please click here: The city rises: Cambridge archaeologists reveal an entire Roman city without digging - And for more on Professor Millett's Roman town project in Aldborough, England, also mentioned in this episode, please click here:
In this episode we talk tech with Digital Democracy expert Dr Marcus Tomalin. Can our computing systems be better and do better? How can we – everyday users and professional coders - spot the hidden biases and fleeting programming decisions that make a lasting difference in ‘real’ life? And can we even imagine what we’ll be asking Alexa ten years from now? (This episode was recorded before Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and when face to face teaching at the University of Cambridge was still occurring) LEARN MORE: To hear Marcus Tomalin talking more about Artificial Intelligence and Social Change please click here: To read Marcus Tomalin's journal article on 'Quarantining Online Hate Speech', discussed in this episode, please click here:
In this episode we talk food with cultural historian Dr Melissa Calaresu. The need to nourish ourselves is an eternal, daily preoccupation for all of us, but what we eat, and why, is an altogether meatier subject. Food is pleasure, performance, politics and even panic. Which fruit was a full-blown fashion craze in the 1600s? What did an undergraduate Isaac Newton feel guilty about buying? And why are our own early food memories so powerful? (This episode was recorded before Covid-19 lockdown restrictions) LEARN MORE: For a short film on Melissa Calaresu's 'Feast and Fast' exhibition featured in this episode, please click here For an academic introduction to food culture in Europe from 1500-1800 by Melissa Calaresu please click here And for more of Melissa Calaresu's research on the Neopolitan food experiences of Welsh painter Thomas Jones, featured in this episode, please click here
Introducing Thoughtlines

Introducing Thoughtlines


Welcome to Thoughtlines, a podcast celebrating the best of academic thinking outside the box, from CRASSH at the University of Cambridge.
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